An Augusta neighborhood was evacuated this weekend after police found a body and possible explosives in a home.
Police received a call Saturday afternoon that a man had been found dead in the 200 block of Wiley in Augusta. When they arrived at the scene, police found 43-year-old Emett Shields, Jr. dead in his home.
Along with the body, police found a crystallized brown liquid they suspect to be det gel, a material used to make bombs. Police also found equipment used to make meth but not an active lab.
Twelve to fifteen families were evacuated and neighbors in the area were asked to keep their doors and windows shut while police removed the dangerous materials. The street was reopened Sunday afternoon after the suspicious liquid was destroyed at the Wichita bomb range.
The victim's cause of death is still not known. Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy but do not believe foul play was involved.